Timothy Long is a conductor and pianist of Muscogee, Thlopthlocco, and Choctaw descent who is Music Director of Opera at the Eastman School of Music. After working on Thomas Adès’s operatic tour-de-force Powder Her Face at the Aspen Music Festival, Tim was appointed by Robert Spano to be his assistant conductor for three years at the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and he was subsequently named an associate conductor at the New York City Opera for two seasons. His early training as a pianist and violinist led to work with singers, and eventually to conducting engagements that have included companies such as Boston Lyric Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Colorado, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Pacific Opera Victoria, City Opera Vancouver, Shreveport Opera, Opera New England, The Juilliard School, Yale Opera, Stony Brook Opera, the Maryland Opera Studio, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, the Prague Summer Nights Festival Orchestra, and Off-Broadway with The New Group.
In 2022-2023, Tim will conduct the American Premiere of Missing at Anchorage Opera. Recent performances include Kate Soper’s evocative Here Be Sirens Suite, Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up, and Sondheim’s Into the Woods, all for Eastman Opera Theatre.
At City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera Victoria, Tim conducted the 2017 world premiere of Missing, a groundbreaking new work by Marie Clements and Brian Current about 3,000 missing Indigenous women in Canada. In 2019, he conducted a Canadian tour of Missing with Pacific Opera Victoria, the Regina Symphony Orchestra, and the Prince George Symphony Orchestra. This extraordinary composition is the first opera to be sung in both the Gitxsan and English languages.